Perry slams Obama during New Hampshire appearances
August 23rd, 2014
04:35 PM ET
8 years ago

Perry slams Obama during New Hampshire appearances

(CNN) - Libya. Egypt. Israel. Syria. Ukraine. Iraq.
Rick Perry ticked the countries off one-by-one, his list of what he terms President Barack Obama’s foreign policy failures.

Speaking at a rally for New Hampshire Republican activists, the Texas governor touched on the execution of journalist and Granite State native James Foley at the hands of the Islamic extremist group ISIS.

“Our hearts are heavy today, because of a young man from Rochester. A hero. A man who stood in the gap to reveal the evil that ISIS is all about,” said the potential presidential candidate.

Perry also referred to the “red line” Obama said he drew in 2012 if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in his country’s civil war.

Assad did use the weapons but Obama backed down from potential military action after the U.S. and Russia brokered a deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.

Perry said that lack of action is something the world will remember.

“When a president draws a red line that means nothing, the world takes notice. When a president’s word means nothing, our adversaries are emboldened and our allies are endangered,” Perry said.

On the topic of ISIS, Perry found a way to tie the issue to a place closer to his home, the U.S.-Mexican border.

Perry has been a staunch critic of the Obama administration for what he says is a lack of comprehensive action to deal with border security issues. To that end, Perry said Obama’s domestic policy failures are tied together with his foreign policy ones.

“Anyone who thinks a porous border does not represent a tremendous opportunity for global terrorist groups to inflict harm on the American people is profoundly naïve,” Perry said.

“National security starts at the border and we have enormous exposure because the border is not secured.”

Perry also criticized Obama for his handling of the economy.

“When we think about where we find ourselves today, economically, with the millions of Americans that are being forced to go on food stamps. The millions of Americans that have just given up hope to even find a job, they’re not even counted anymore, because of the policies of this president. “

Perry was introduced to the crowd by former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu, who brushed aside Perry’s recent indictment on charges of abuse of power and coercion.

“The Democrats are desperate, they’re taking every potential good Republican candidate and coming in with all kinds of distortions.

“They tried to do it to Chris Christie in New Jersey. They tried to do it to Scott Walker in Wisconsin,” he said. “But one place they made a big mistake is trying to do it in Texas. “

The rally was the first stop on the second and final day of Perry’s trip to the state. This is the first time that Perry’s visited New Hampshire since his failed bid to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

At an event on Friday, Perry said he hadn’t decided whether he was going to run again, but that recent trips to Iowa and South Carolina were meant to lay the groundwork in case he did decide to do so.

- CNN’s Greg Clary contributed to this report

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soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    I see Perry is still playing to the brain dead. Would one of you RWNJs tell little Ricky that the democrats are not responsible for his criminal behavior. Walker, Scott, McDonnell, Perry, Mc Rory and Krispy, will make a nice all white basketball team in prison. They even have a sub.

    August 23, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    You dip sticks do know that Under Obama, 10 million jobs have been created without a single republican vote? That even overcomes the record job loss under Bush and the republicans.

    August 23, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Chris..E.Al

    And by the way Rick P. Iran is still spinning centrifuges and the deadlines have been moved and changed around no news this is normal practice with the democrats on all issues these days they have no sense of direction on nothing and our enemies have taken notice . But i am not spinnig the facts like the democrats have mastered as norm . Kerry on .

    August 23, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Smitty

    Sorry Mr Perry but Obumbles is to busy playing golf, lying and breaking the law to respond to the border, isis, economy, well you get the point!!

    August 23, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    As Aaron wrote in another post, If Perry is so bent against public officials getting DUIs, why did he support W Bush, who was TX governor and president, and had MULTIPLE DUIs? If he's all supportive of drunk driving Repubs, then uses his office to try and strong arm out drunk driving Dems, then that is certainly abuse of power.

    This won't make a whit of difference to RWNJs everywhere who are incapable of dealing with the truth. They'd rather spend their days bobble-heading along with dimwits like Parry.


    August 23, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. J Anthony

    This guy's full of it. Obama has hardly had any of his major policy initiatives up for a vote, much less implemented, since Republicans took the House in 2010-11. Perry's whole party is full of it- hypocrites to the very core. And proud of it.

    August 23, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. ChrisM

    Hahaha, Mr Oops himself. Bob McDonnell and now Perry and Walker. Who is next? Christie?

    You Betcha !!

    August 23, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Iamnotfooled

    The Middle East has always been in turmoil. Russia tried to take over Georgia and Bush did nothing. Why the double standard for Obama? Perry has nothing . What has he done to secure the border in his 14 years as Governor? He seems to be very forgetful lately. Not a good sign if you want to be President.

    August 23, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    -pathetic, this idiot got endighted and slams pres. Obama? Nonsense.

    August 23, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Hey oops governor, nobody "tried to do it to anyone" Walter and Christie did it to themselves just like you did. Poor, poor ethically challenged bunch you are. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    As far as food stamps I see you left out the part about teaklans saying no to food stamps for the poor, veterans and seniors and those unemployed you and your party don't care about.
    Waste your money. You will NEVER get close to the White House unless you don't end up in jail and come to DC for a visit.

    August 23, 2014 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Perry has been able to tie ISIS to his own problem at the border? The children must be beheading RWNJs in Texas. Only Fox News can make sense out of the idiot governor.

    August 23, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Gary

    The next time Texas has a disaster, natural or man made. Don't come running to the President for help. Go ask the leader of one of your favorite countrys.
    Shouldn't you ge down on the Texas / Mexico boarder looking for Isis.

    August 23, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. anthony78

    Here comes Mexican ISIS, shooting their Fast&Furious guns while spreading Ebola, taking American jobs and getting their anchor babies into our colleges...

    Perry's "smart" glasses can see ALL of this...

    August 23, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. king

    i wonder who these fools be slamming if they had another bushlike person in the white house, taking our country and the world's economy down the drain, they are lucky the right in this country is backward as hell, and don't care much for that pesky word FACTS.

    August 23, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. Name mark alpern

    Democrats want open borders? They think ISIS is only coming for rich, white Republicans. They are short sighted, divisive and naive in the extreme.

    August 23, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. bpster

    Unlike Jerry Brown who doesn't give a crap about the citizens of California Texas is extremely lucky to have Perry....I'm scared to death to live where I do now. Brown and Obama both need to be arrested.

    August 23, 2014 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Franklin

    Assad did NOTuse the weapons. AQ in syria armed by the US and Saudi Arabia used them to provoke an attack on Assad and that's when General Dempsey told Obama the military would not strike. Now ISIS, formerly AQ, has rebranded and moved into Iraq to destabilize it to produce three future countries. ISIS is like a hive of demons doing the dirty work so this time there is a more graphic reason to atrack. When the Americans attack they will get the ISIS they funded (overhead to them) plus Assad. Then they their real objective and make it look like ISIS who they funded caused the problem-classic causus belli, WMD, G of Tonkin, excuse for war. But it's not Americans in control, it's the banks that own their government and their press.

    August 23, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. drecrews

    Should you be in court?

    August 23, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorites........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!

    August 23, 2014 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. nintex

    This pathetic man is so full of hot air he could fuel his own hot-air balloon. And pretending he doesn't understand the indictment is really, really stupid of him. Portraying it as a Democratic witch-hunt is so transparent – the man broke the law and it is obvious to everyone but him and his delusional fans. I don't know if 99 years in prison is enough for him.

    August 23, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. aaron

    Can't the judge overseeing his felony trial put a gag order on him?

    August 24, 2014 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. Bigwilliestyles

    Some please explain why anyone should pay attention to this doofus, the male sarah palin? Anyone?

    August 24, 2014 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  23. Woman from New York

    Story 8 hrs. old. and no comments. Oh yeah, right, it's the weekend. Everyone is gone for the weekend.

    August 24, 2014 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  24. Judy king

    Yippee governor Perry thinks the President should be back in the White House at such a critical time, well Mr. Texas why aren't you at the Texas border putting all of the illegal Aliens back in their space ship where Newt Gingrich is the captain, Senator McCain is the air traffic controller, Lindsay Graham is the customs officer, Sarah,Palin is,the,stewardess and party favourite Ted Cruz is the stowaway. Oops you will never be President so take a Prozac and call it a day, because all of that crap that bones out of your mouth is an illness all on it's own.

    August 24, 2014 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  25. J.V.hodgson

    What complete and utter ,misrepresentation of the facts on almost every topic in his speech eg Obama had no part in the Texas governors indictment and in fact a largely republican grand Jury and Judge ( on Republican judge recused himself. Syria the redline was about chemical weapons all now removed and nearly all destroyed
    Iraq one assumes he would have kept troops in Iraq... remember the Iraqi's would not agree to SOFA agreement drafted by the bush administration and refused to Guarantee immunity from sharia law of the US troops
    regarding governors or ex governors why leave out West Virginia McDonnell... indicted and now on trial.
    You'll have to better with the facts than that to get anywhere near the republican party choosing him ultimately as their nominee or to run for the presidency.
    do some meaningful politics and tell how you would have managed these international countries diplomatically/ back to war?
    Then you can say that's why the president was wrong.
    Criticising is easy! Coming up with doable and viable alternate policies much more difficult.

    August 24, 2014 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
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